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Public Act 103-0015


Public Act 0015 103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 103-0015
HB1273 EnrolledLRB103 04776 RJT 49786 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
24-2 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/24-2)  (from Ch. 122, par. 24-2)
    Sec. 24-2. Holidays.
    (a) Teachers shall not be required to teach on Saturdays,
nor, except as provided in subsection (b) of this Section,
shall teachers or other school employees, other than
noncertificated school employees whose presence is necessary
because of an emergency or for the continued operation and
maintenance of school facilities or property, be required to
work on legal school holidays, which are January 1, New Year's
Day; the third Monday in January, the Birthday of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.; February 12, the Birthday of President
Abraham Lincoln; the first Monday in March (to be known as
Casimir Pulaski's birthday); Good Friday; the day designated
as Memorial Day by federal law; June 19, Juneteenth National
Freedom Day; July 4, Independence Day; the first Monday in
September, Labor Day; the second Monday in October, Columbus
Day; November 11, Veterans' Day; the Thursday in November
commonly called Thanksgiving Day; and December 25, Christmas
Day. School boards may grant special holidays whenever in
their judgment such action is advisable. No deduction shall be
made from the time or compensation of a school employee on
account of any legal or special holiday.
    (b) A school board or other entity eligible to apply for
waivers and modifications under Section 2-3.25g of this Code
is authorized to hold school or schedule teachers' institutes,
parent-teacher conferences, or staff development on the third
Monday in January (the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.); February 12 (the Birthday of President Abraham Lincoln);
the first Monday in March (known as Casimir Pulaski's
birthday); the second Monday in October (Columbus Day); and
November 11 (Veterans' Day), provided that:
        (1) the person or persons honored by the holiday are
    recognized through instructional activities conducted on
    that day or, if the day is not used for student attendance,
    on the first school day preceding or following that day;
        (2) the entity that chooses to exercise this authority
    first holds a public hearing about the proposal. The
    entity shall provide notice preceding the public hearing
    to both educators and parents. The notice shall set forth
    the time, date, and place of the hearing, describe the
    proposal, and indicate that the entity will take testimony
    from educators and parents about the proposal.
    (c) Commemorative holidays, which recognize specified
patriotic, civic, cultural or historical persons, activities,
or events, are regular school days. Commemorative holidays
are: January 17 (the birthday of Muhammad Ali), January 28 (to
be known as Christa McAuliffe Day and observed as a
commemoration of space exploration), February 15 (the birthday
of Susan B. Anthony), March 29 (Viet Nam War Veterans' Day),
September 11 (September 11th Day of Remembrance), September 17
(Constitution Day), the school day immediately preceding
Veterans' Day (Korean War Veterans' Day), October 1 (Recycling
Day), October 7 (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Remembrance
Day), December 7 (Pearl Harbor Veterans' Day), and any day so
appointed by the President or Governor. School boards may
establish commemorative holidays whenever in their judgment
such action is advisable. School boards shall include
instruction relative to commemorated persons, activities, or
events on the commemorative holiday or at any other time
during the school year and at any point in the curriculum when
such instruction may be deemed appropriate. The State Board of
Education shall prepare and make available to school boards
instructional materials relative to commemorated persons,
activities, or events which may be used by school boards in
conjunction with any instruction provided pursuant to this
    (d) City of Chicago School District 299 shall observe
March 4 of each year as a commemorative holiday. This holiday
shall be known as Mayors' Day which shall be a day to
commemorate and be reminded of the past Chief Executive
Officers of the City of Chicago, and in particular the late
Mayor Richard J. Daley and the late Mayor Harold Washington.
If March 4 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, Mayors' Day shall be
observed on the following Monday.
    (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of State law to
the contrary, November 3, 2020 shall be a State holiday known
as 2020 General Election Day and shall be observed throughout
the State pursuant to this amendatory Act of the 101st General
Assembly. All government offices, with the exception of
election authorities, shall be closed unless authorized to be
used as a location for election day services or as a polling
    Notwithstanding any other provision of State law to the
contrary, November 8, 2022 shall be a State holiday known as
2022 General Election Day and shall be observed throughout the
State under Public Act 102-15.
(Source: P.A. 101-642, eff. 6-16-20; 102-14, eff. 1-1-22;
102-15, eff. 6-17-21; 102-334, eff. 8-9-21; 102-411, eff.
1-1-22; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,

Effective Date: 7/1/2023